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Defying law of averages

Barry Bonds and Ichiro are headed for 2004 batting titles. If so, it would be the most diverse pair in MLB history.

Originally Published: September 17, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Has there ever been a more fascinating, more historic, yet more totally dissimilar set of prospective batting champs than Barry Bonds and Ichiro Suzuki?

Suzuki

Bonds

Not that us Useless Info-maniacs can recall. Let's take a look:

Through Thursday, these two guys had almost the same batting average (.374 for Bonds, .369 for Ichiro). But if they keep up their current paces, Ichiro will wind up with 259 hits -- 119 more than Bonds (140).

In fact, as loyal reader ...

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